Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Julio Jones, Adam Thielen, Golden Tate, more impact Week 14 WR rankings

first_imgWEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Julio Jones playing Week 14?After Dan Quinn said earlier in the week that Jones’ Week 14 availability was “trending upward,” Jones got in a limited practice Wednesday as he attempts to return from a shoulder injury that held him out of game action on Thanksgiving. The Falcons play at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday against the Panthers.Jones’ return would knock each of the remaining Atlanta receivers down a notch in the pecking order, with Calvin Ridley becoming a boom-or-bust WR3, Russell Gage dropping to a PPR FLEX option, and Christian Blake falling out of fantasy consideration.WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPAdam Thielen injury updateAfter Thielen practiced in limited fashion in Week 13 but then missed Monday night, it appeared his hamstring injury may have gotten worse. He missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday and looks in doubt for Week 14 against the Lions.The biggest beneficiary of Thielen’s absence remains tight end Kyle Rudolph, who’s a borderline fantasy starter whenever Thielen doesn’t play. Stefon Diggs remains the only Minnesota WR worth using if Thielen is out Sunday.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endGolden Tate injury newsPat Shurmur said Wednesday that Tate is “trending up” in his quest to be available for Monday Night Football in a revenge game against the Eagles. Tate missed Week 13 due to a concussion. He was a full participant in Thursday’s practice, so assuming his concussion is a non-issue protocol wise, he should be good to go for Monday night.The Eagles have a bad secondary, which makes Tate appealing, but Eli Manning is likely to start for Daniel Jones. It’s not obvious whether that’s an upgrade or downgrade, but it adds a layer of uncertainty after Tate’s fantasy owners knew Jones would feed him the ball. Tate is still worth playing in PPR leagues if he’s active, and Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton should both see around seven targets targets, as well.MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOST.Y. Hilton injury updateHilton said Wednesday that he’s unsure if he’ll make it back this season, but that he’s “doing everything (he) can.” The Colts play Sunday at 1 p.m. ET against Tampa Bay’s weak secondary as Hilton battles a calf injury.Hilton’s comments at least make it sound like he’ll be out another week, pushing Zach Pascal into No. 1 duties again coming off an 100-yard game. Against the Bucs, Pascal can be used as a WR3. It looks like Parris Campbell might be back from injury to take over No. 2 duties from Marcus Johnson.MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderIs JuJu Smith-Schuster playing Week 14?Smith-Schuster told reporters Wednesday that he considers himself “week-to-week.” He added that he’s running but not cutting yet. The Steelers play in Arizona at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.It sounds like JuJu will miss at least another week. In his absence, James Washington will remain the only playable Pittsburgh wideout. Consider him at least a FLEX option in a favorable fantasy matchup with the Cardinals. MORE WEEK 14: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emParris Campbell injury newsCampbell (hand) was a full participant in Colts practice Wednesday. He hasn’t played since Week 9, but looks likely to return to face Tampa Bay on Sunday while Hilton will probably be out.Campbell’s last game was his best (five catches for 53 yards in Week 9). He likely slots right in as the No. 2 WR behind Zach Pascal (although Marcus Johnson could still maintain that role), making Campbell at least an interesting DFS play against such a bad pass defense. It looks like only one of the three top-10 WRs dealing with injuries for Week 14 is likely to play, and that’s Julio Jones. Both Adam Thielen and T.Y. Hilton have arrows pointing downward as we get closer to the weekend. The wide receiver rankings will also be affected by the statuses of Golden Tate, JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Parris Campbell, and we have updates on all of them below as you get ready to make your crucial fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions for the first round the playoffs.For updates on banged-up TEs Evan Engram, Greg Olsen, Gerald Everett, and David Njoku, click here; for news on injured RBs Dalvin Cook, Josh Jacobs, Marlon Mack, and more, go here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @SN_Fantasy.last_img read more

Presidents Cup 2019: USA turns to Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar for foursomes

first_imgWoods and Thomas, USA’s only winners on Thursday, will face Hideki Matsuyama and An.Day 2 @PresidentsCup foresomes matches:1: Johnson/Kuchar  Oosthuizen/Scott2: Schauffele/Cantlay  Hadwin/Niemann3: Simpson/Reed  Leishman/Ancer4: Thomas/Woods  An/Matsuyama5: Fowler/Woodland  Im/Smith— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 12, 2019Friday’s foursomes matches (Internationals vs. USA)Adam Scott/Louis Oosthuizen vs. Matt Kuchar/Dustin JohnsonJoaquin Niemann/Adam Hadwin vs. Patrick Cantlay/Xander SchauffeleAbraham Ancer/Marc Leishman vs. Patrick Reed/Webb SimpsonHideki Matsuyama/Byeong Hun An vs. Tiger Woods/Justin ThomasCameron Smith/Im Sung-jae vs. Rickie Fowler/Gary Woodland The American has a 4-3-1 record at the Presidents Cup, going 2-1-1 in the foursomes format.MORE: Tiger ‘carried me,’ Justin Thomas saysMatt Kuchar will also play after missing out on Thursday, teaming up with Dustin Johnson against Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau, beaten 2 and 1 by Byeong Hun An and Scott in their four-ball match, sit out on Friday.The Internationals made one change with Australian Smith getting his chance.Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin will face Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman team up against Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, and Tiger Woods will again play with Justin Thomas. Rickie Fowler will play in Friday’s foursomes at the Presidents Cup as the United States looks to fight back against the Internationals in Melbourne.Fowler was left out of the four-ball contests as the Internationals took a 4-1 lead on Thursday, but will combine with Gary Woodland against Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.last_img read more

Safety violations found after attacks at Iowa psych hospital

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Regulators have found serious safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Iowa where several combative patients have assaulted employees.An inspection found that employees at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent outbursts due to inadequate emergency plans, low staffing, poor communication and ineffective safety shields that staffers haven’t been trained to use.The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation in June after a series of attacks against staff members. A union representing employees said the hospital faced an urgent safety crisis.Inspectors found seven serious and three minor safety violations. They proposed a $72,770 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services, which operates the facility, and ordered it to fix the problems.The hospital treats patients with severe and complex psychiatric needs.last_img read more

Lesson learned as coach Padda takes blame for Adamson’s failed season

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Adamson University had a lot of promise going into the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Super sub May Luna always ready to step up to the plate for La Salle The Lady Falcons still have one more game left in their UAAP Season 80 schedule but were officially eliminated when they succumbed to defending champion De La Salle, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18,  Wednesday.And head coach Air Padda takes the blame for the Lady Falcons’ failure to translate their off-season success to the UAAP.“I apologize to everyone because ultimately it was my fault,” said Padda after her team’s loss to La Salle. “I’m the leader of the team and I failed everybody, that’s something that I’m going to learn from this season, where I went wrong as a coach and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”READ: Padda ’embarrassed’ of Adamson’s 52 errors in loss to UEAdamson was decent in its first six games of the season going on a 3-3 record, including shock wins over Far Eastern University and La Salle, but two straight losses to University of the East and University of the Philippines brought the Lady Falcons back to earth.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Falcons tried to salvage their season with two straight wins against the Lady Warriors and National University to put their record at 5-5 but what followed was a string of three straight losses that effectively kicked them out of the Final Four race.READ: Padda, Adamson embrace inner Wakandan in win over La SallePadda felt they let their chances slip away from them when they lost in five sets to UP and the Lady Warriors in the first round, and three more five-setters against the Lady Eagles, the Lady Maroons, and the Lady Tamaraws in the second round.“We just felt that every opportunity we have, we just didn’t grab it,” said Padda as her team dropped to 5-8 with one game remaining. “They just threw it away.”“To sum it up, it was basically about how many opportunities we had this season to make our team successful, to make the school proud, to make our management proud, and get to the Final Four.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES After ending Season 79 with a 1-13 record, the Lady Falcons tore through the competition in the inaugural collegiate conference of the Premier Volleyball League going 5-0 in the eliminations.Although Adamson ultimately lost to eventual bronze medalist Arellano University, the foundation was set to what was supposed to be a Lady Falcon uprising in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat uprising never happened.READ: Padda says Adamson got ‘too excited, complacent’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

No Indictment in Dismissed GT Bank Manager Assault Case

first_imgGT Bank Liberia managing director, Ayodeji Bejide, allegedly injured employee Edward Freeman by throwing a calculator at him, causing a serious injury to his lips.-As Defendant Ayodeji Bejide gets court permission to leave the country The Liberian government has declined to indict dismissed Guaranty Trust Bank Manager, Ayodeji Bejide, a Nigerian national, after he threw his calculator at the face of one of his staff members in a fit of rage, during a meeting. The staff member, identified as Edward Freeman, sustained  serious injury on the lip.The Monrovia City Court, where defendant Bejide is expected to face charges of aggravated assault, has lifted its travel ban on the defendant, permitting him to leave for a two-week medical trip outside the country.Initially, the government had requested the court not to allow Bejide to leave the country while the matter was still pending.It was not clear whether it was the government’s prosecutors that agreed to the court’s decision, though defendant Bejide had been under a US$50,000 bail posted by the Insurance Company of Africa (ICA).The assault on Freeman took place on Tuesday, August 28, after which Bejide was arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP), charged with aggravated assault, and arraigned on August 30 before the Monrovia City Court.Since defendant Bejide’s first arraignment, there is no record to show that the government has notified the court about their preparedness to pursue the matter.And because  government prosecutors did not press for the resumption of the case, the court resolved to revoke its sanctions imposed on defendant Bejide barring him from leaving the country.Their revocation letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, is dated September 28, 2018 and signed by Francis Weah, clerk of the court. It reads: “Acting upon order and directive of Magistrate Kennedy Peabody the Writ of Ne-Exeat Republica of August 31 issued by the court for the purpose of preventing defendant Ayodeji Bejide leaving the bailiwick of the Republic of Liberia is ordered by the court revoked since, in fact, the purpose for which the writ was issued no longer exist.”In conclusion, it said, “He (defendant Bejide) is thereby at liberty and has the freedom to leave the Republic of Liberia to foreign parts as he wishes.”It may be recalled that because of the urgency attached to the matter, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), at the time of the incident, instituted several punitive measures against Ayodeji Bejide, including his immediate suspension for assaulting Edward Freeman.The Bank, in a release, said, “The Chairman of the Board of Governors and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Nathaniel R. Patray, III sanctioned the decision as Mr.  Ayodeji Bejide will not receive pay pending the thorough investigation of the allegations against him by the CBL’s Board.”Another measure taken by the CBL, was the naming of GTBank Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Amazu Nwachukwu, as Acting MD until the conclusion of the aforesaid investigation and “the submission to the CBL within 48 hours the GT Bank Board’s intended course of action to address this grave matter.”“The CBL Management says following its (GT Bank Board’s) report, it would review the Board’s recommendations and ensure the strictest implementation of the Bank’s ‘mitigative’ actions,” the release noted.In response to Bejide’s action, GT Bank Board expressed deep regret for this alleged incident and further informed the CBL that a senior executive from its parent company, GT Bank Nigeria, was due to arrive in Liberia on August 29, 2018, to assist in the investigation.Police investigation also established that suspect Bejide and the victim were not in confusion at the time of the incident and that the suspect had admitted to the commission of the crime.At that time, Inspector General of Police Patrick Sudue warned that his administration would not tolerate such a barbaric attitude and perpetrators will surely be prosecuted according to the laws of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Negotiations for GT&T shares’ payment for March deadline

first_imgMissing US$5M– as NICIL denies collecting outstanding moniesBy Jarryl BryanAfter years of back-and-forth, negotiations for the US$5 million owed by a Hong Kong company for the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company shares it bought are expected to be completed by March of this year.In an interview with this publication, National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL’s) CEO, Horace James, confirmed that talks are wrapping up. Optimistic of a March deadline for the negotiations to end, James strongly denied that NICIL had collected any of the outstanding money from Hong Kong Golden Telecom Company (HKGTC).NICIL CEO Horace James“Both parties set ourselves by the 15th March for everything to conclude. (So) we’re still in negotiations,” James related. “We await some recommendations, and we have to get approvals; but nothing has been signed between the two parties as yet. Only when everything is fully finalised and agreed… but nothing has been signed,” he explained.“Both parties have made recommendations how we ought to settle the matter. We’re reviewing, and the final decision will have to be made on that. We haven’t received anything. At least they say they will pay something, but we haven’t finalised anything. We’re hoping to get that signed off soon,” James told this publication.Last month, NICIL Chairman Dr Maurice Odle had informed this publication that an interim agreement between the state and HKGTC was in force. He had explained that the state entity was considering collecting the US$5 million in parts — US$3 million first, and negotiations would have continued for the remaining sum.The saleIn 2012, NICIL had disposed of its 20 per cent shares in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph company in a sale to Hong Kong-based HKGTC to the tune of US$30 million. That company made a downpayment of US$25 million and the outstanding US$5 million was to be paid by October 22, 2014, but this was never done despite written requests from NICIL.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, and NICIL Legal Counsel Natalia Seepersaud had subsequently travelled to China with the intention of collecting the money, but were informed that the money was already paid.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had later announced that Harmon was able to retrieve some documents which showed that the money was paid. But following the controversy this revelation sparked, NICIL later refuted that the money was ever paid.In the confusion that shrouded the transaction, it was even reported that a waiver of the payment was arranged with the Chinese company. This claim was promptly denied by former President Donald Ramotar.Initially, the Government had insinuated that the money was paid to someone else or some other entity other than NICIL prior to the May 2015 elections. But the former President Ramotar had such that such an insinuation is a distraction from “the real issues”, adding that the cantankerous claims of massive corruption under the PPP/C administration have yet to be proven.Meanwhile, former Executive Director of NICIL Winston Brassington in an invited comment on the matter had told Guyana Times he was unaware the outstanding monies were paid to NICIL up until December 31, 2015.“If it was paid, then the seller can easily produce evidence showing this. Payments of this nature are transferred via the banking system (wire transfer) from one bank to another and easy to check and validate. Given that the first payment was wired directly to NICIL’s US dollar bank account in Guyana, I would expect the remaining US$5M to have followed the same course,” Brassington said.last_img read more

Combination of depressants may have led to Fort St. John in-custody death

first_imgOn Monday, RCMP officers and guards testified that Lohouse only seemed “modestly” intoxicated when booking him, with one guard saying it was the most sober she’d seen him in custody. Coroner Merrill Flewelling explains that “experienced” drinkers, like the deceased, are able to mask the symptoms of their intoxication much better than a novice might, and has since provided training at the detachment on acute alcohol and drug intoxication. He argues the best thing for officers to do is ask more questions about a prisoner’s medical history, monitor their snoring, and ensure they are able to wake them up periodically. In preparation for their deliberations, the jury had several questions for the witnesses, many of which revolved around how to better detect the level of a prisoner’s intoxication when putting them into a cell. New Westminster Police Department Staff Sergeant Chris Mullin, who helped in the external investigation of the in-custody death, admitted that better quality cameras for monitoring would get destroyed by prisoners, and that doing breathalyzer checks on criminal suspects poses logistical problems. He mentioned that at his detachment the Watch Commander is able to monitor a cell from a screen at their desk should there be a higher risk prisoner, but added that there is “no better check than a physical check”.The jury is scheduled to present its findings Wednesday. The jury and Presiding Coroner Donita Kuzma heard more about the circumstances of the death from the Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance members who attended the scene, as well as from a forensic pathologist and toxicologist and the coroner.Lohouse, who also went by the nickname Henry, was found unresponsive in his cell on September 9, 2011, after being in police custody for just over three hours. He was booked at 5:35 p.m. under suspicion of robbery, and placed in what’s referred to as a “drunk tank” cell to sober up as he was intoxicated. RCMP Toxicologist Ronald Pon testified that in addition to alcohol, he also found “therapeutic” amounts of other drugs in his system, including Amitriptyline, an anti-depressant, and the sedative Lorazepam. He also found a small amount of THC, or marijuana, and Lidocaine, which he couldn’t explain as was not used when attempting to revive him. Lohouse did not have a prescription for any of those drugs, and Pon says, as they are central nervous system depressants like alcohol, when combined and self-medicated they are potentially lethal.- Advertisement -At the time of his death, Lohouse had a blood alcohol level of 339 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, or .339 per cent, which is over four times more than the legal limit for driving. As he hadn’t had a drink for at least three hours before, Pon says based on an average elimination rate of 15 milligrams an hour, his peak could have been .384 per cent or higher, which he calls “exceedingly high” and “consistent with a close to fatal level”. Lohouse’s autopsy showed major blockages in two of the arteries in his heart, but Pon argued the mixture of the drugs and alcohol could also have caused his death. When compounded, they could have slowed down his brain activity to the point that his brain stopped sending signals to keep him breathing, leading to respiratory arrest. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John to rally to end violence against women

first_imgA report by the Peace Project, an initiative to reduce violence against women and children in the community, found that there were nearly 500 cases of domestic violence in Fort St. John in 2011/2012, which is comparable to Prince George, which is 2.7 times its size.The annual event will begin at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre, after the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society’s annual general meeting. Participants are encouraged to bring posters and noisemakers to take with them on their walk around the city. In the past, women from the community have shared their experiences at different points along the march. The event is not only for women; men are welcome – and urged – to come and share their support for the women in their community.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Exclusive – Meulensteen harbours doubts over new Manchester United star’s fitness

first_imgRene Meulensteen is surprised Manchester United did not buy a centre-back in the summer and expressed reservations about new signing Radamel Falcao’s fitness levels.Louis van Gaal shocked everyone on deadline day by bringing in the Colombian striker on loan from Monaco and not reinforcing the heart of his defence, where many feel the Red Devils are at their weakest.United were the biggest Premier League spenders of the summer, splashing out almost £150million on new players including a British record £59.7m on Angel Di Maria, but their failure to bring in a new centre-back has puzzled former first-team coach, Meulensteen.“Yeah [I’m surprised they didn’t sign a new centre-back]. It’s been well documented on TV and in newspapers about them needing one,” he told Sunday Exclusive.“Everybody expected they would go for a big, strong central defender and another strong midfielder.”Falcao, who has only recently recovered from a serious knee injury which kept him sidelined for eight months, was hotly tipped with moves to the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid, so it came as a shock when the 28-year-old pitched up at Old Trafford instead.Discussing the Colombian striker’s switch to United, Meulensteen added: “Obviously Falcao has been excellent and is a world class striker, but the only reservation you have to have with him is, is he still, because of his recent injuries, going to be able to produce that same level as we all know he’s capable of?”last_img read more

Video: Messi v Ronaldo: Who has the better records?

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly break football records for fun.We all know about their ability on the pitch but this video takes a closer look at the incredible records the pair have amassed over their careers so far.Watch the video to find out who scored 91 goals in a calendar year, and which player was the first to score a goal in every minute of a game.For more sports entertainment, be sure to subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube HERE.last_img